Seaton to get new flood defences

Cllr Paul Arnott, leader of East Devon District Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the parties involved in securing the funding for this vital project.

“Only last week, Seaton seafront took a major battering, and there is no doubt that we must take action for this precious section of our coastline. From an EDDC perspective, the council is very proud of our lead officer’s work in bringing this all together.”

Daniel Clark, local democracy reporter www.radioexe.co.uk 

41 homes will have better protection

Seaton is one step closer to getting the vital flood defences it needs, after final funding was pledged.

East Devon District Council now has the money needed to complete the Seaton Hole Beach Management Plan (BMP) as long as the Environment Agency gives the final go-ahead.

It follows a successful bid for funds from the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, as well as extra funding from both the district council and Seaton Town Council. Subject to planning permission, construction could start next year and once complete, would leave 41 homes better protected.

Seaton Hole has been prone to coastal erosion and landslips, leaving homes and infrastructure of at risk of damage and the project sets to upgrade and enhance the existing aging defences at the base of the cliff, to slow the rate of erosion.

And following the recent overtopping and flooding of the Esplanade, East Devon District Council is also investigating if the Seaton Hole BMP can be extended to cover the town or if a separate project is required to look at minimising flood risk.

But in the short term, using excavators, the council have re-profiled the beach to better resist wave overtopping.

Cllr Marcus Hartnell, Seaton ward member and the chair of the Seaton BMP, said: “In 2020, the rules regarding funding eligibility were changed by central government and reduced the BMP funding gap but did not close it.

“However, with a smaller funding hole to plug, EDDC and Seaton Town Council were able to help contribute funds. This allowed the final funding gap to be plugged by the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee which approved a motion to back the scheme.

“This is a significant milestone for the Beach Management Plan and a step closer to ensuring that the risk of flood and coastal erosion between Seaton Hole and Axmouth harbour are reduced, protecting property and infrastructure.”

Cllr Paul Arnott, leader of East Devon District Council, added: “I’d like to congratulate all the parties involved in securing the funding for this vital project.

“Only last week, Seaton seafront took a major battering, and there is no doubt that we must take action for this precious section of our coastline. From an EDDC perspective, the council is very proud of our lead officer’s work in bringing this all together.”

The amount of funding has not been disclosed by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.